Monday, November 30, 2009


I subscribe to Netflix movies, and the other night I watched a movie from the mid 90’s, The American President, starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening. I hadn’t seen it in many years, but remembered it as something I had enjoyed. This time I found it with more humor than I had remembered, but what really surprised me was how much it looked and felt like the TVseries, West Wing.

Well, perhaps that should not have surprised me. The screen play for The American President was written by the same fellow who created West Wing, Aaron Sorkin. In fact there is one scene in West Wing that was very similar to one in the movie where the president is in the War Room, and something is said about a “proportional response”. And the president in each asks sarcastically about an UNproportional response. Must have been on Sorkin’s mind.

But the other thing that surprised me was that Martin Sheen, who was the president on West Wing, was Chief of Staff in the movie.

Humor -


Put 400 bricks in a closed room. Put your new employees in the room and close the door. Leave them alone and come back after six hours. Then analyze the situation:

a. If they are counting the bricks, put them in the Accounting Department.

b. If they are recounting them, put them in Auditing.

c. If they have messed up the whole place with the bricks, put them in Engineering.

d. If they are arranging the bricks in some strange order, put them in Planning.

e. If they are throwing the bricks at each other, put them in Operations.

f. If they are sleeping, put them in Security.

g. If they have broken the bricks into pieces, put them in Information Technology.

h. If they are sitting idle, put them in Human Resources.

i. If they say they have tried different combinations, they are looking for more, but yet not a brick has been moved, put them in Sales.

j. If they have already left for the day, put them in Marketing.

k. If they are staring out of the window, put them in Strategic Planning.

l. If they are talking to each other, and not a single brick has been moved, congratulate them and put them in Top Management.

Finally, if they have surrounded themselves with bricks in such a way that they can neither be seen nor heard from, put them in Government.


  1. And if they're arranging the bricks into letters, have them write the instruction manuals.

  2. Have you ever seem Yes. Minister? It's amazing how long old political humor/satire remains topical!